COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Did his fellow competitors conspire to let a 70-year-old jockey win a horse race last week at Fairmount Park?
That’s the question facing investigators with the Illinois Racing Board after a much-hyped race featuring septuagenarian Robert “Cowboy” Jones last Tuesday at the Collinsville racetrack.
Jones was vying to become the first known winner in seven different decades when he entered the second race at Fairmount last Tuesday.
Investigators say video of the race appears to show two other jockeys going easy on their mounts down the stretch to ensure that Jones won.
Jones failed to reach the finish line first but finished second.
Fairmount officials are withholding comment saying jockeys are independent contractors subject to investigation by the racing board.